Photographer Uses Personal Experience to Visualize Years of Depression

By Sara Barnes Photographer Gabriel Isak finds solace in the notion of art imitating life. For years, it has helped him cope with depression. Using surreal photography ideas and a minimalist palette, Isak depicts solitary figures who often exist among blue and gray grandiose landscapes. Their backs are to the camera—or their faces are otherwise obscured—to symbolize the struggles faced in unconscious states of mind. The photographs offer a blank canvas of sorts and allow us space to reflect on our own mental health. Isak began photography over a decade ago, and it coincided with the first time he faced depression. “Photography allowed me … Continue reading Photographer Uses Personal Experience to Visualize Years of Depression

Channeling The Pain Of Depression Into Photography, And Finding You Are Not Alone

Tara Wray by BECKY HARLAN In a particularly difficult season of depression, photography was one of the tools Tara Wray used to cope. “Just forcing myself to get out of my head and using the camera to do that is, in a way, a therapeutic tool,” says Wray, a photographer and filmmaker based in central Vermont. “It’s like exercise: You don’t want to do it, you have to make yourself do it, and you feel better after you do.” Tara Wray Tara Wray In July, she published Too Tired for Sunshine, a book of her photos from that period, taken between 2011 and … Continue reading Channeling The Pain Of Depression Into Photography, And Finding You Are Not Alone

Researchers Identify Hundreds of ‘Selfie Deaths’ From Media Reports

image edited by Fernando Kaskais An oil worker takes a selfie near a burning oil field in Qayyarah, Iraq in 2016.Photo: Chris McGrath (Getty Images) by Tom McKay Next time you’re tempted to take a risk to get that perfect selfie, maybe think twice about it. A new study by medical researchers from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences has identified hundreds of people who suffocated in bodies of water, were struck by vehicles, plummeted off high surfaces, suffered lethal burn injuries, or otherwise met tragic demises while snapping a selfie, according to the Washington Post. According to the … Continue reading Researchers Identify Hundreds of ‘Selfie Deaths’ From Media Reports

The Essence of Photography: What You See Reflects Your Inner World

by ALEXANDER LIGHT Here’s my favorite quote from Jay Maisel, one of the legends in the world of photography: “If you want to make more interesting pictures, become a more interesting person.” As photographers, we often get bored in the place we live and we want to travel as much as possible to get different and more interesting pictures. We think that it is all about pictures. But I’ve found that for me, it’s exactly as Jay Maisel said: the more I know about life, about people, about art, the better and more interesting my pictures become to me. If … Continue reading The Essence of Photography: What You See Reflects Your Inner World

What It Means if You Hate Having Your Picture Taken

Easton Oliver/Unsplash By Christian Jarrett For those of us who prefer not to be the focus of attention, it used to be so much easier to hide. Some people are naturals in front of the camera—I’m not one of them. Whether it’s my parents urging me to get into the middle of a group shot at a birthday party, or my friend roping me into her Snapchat story, I’ve always felt a momentary panic when I’m thrust in front of a camera lens. I cancel FaceTime requests when they pop up on my phone, and I wave off my selfie-obsessed friends … Continue reading What It Means if You Hate Having Your Picture Taken

Japanese Artist Ryota Kajita’s Otherworldly Photographs of Ice Formation in Alaska

A visual serenade to one of the most beautiful and seemingly miraculous phenomena of the physical universe. BY MARIA POPOVA The pioneering naturalist John Muir held the poetic conviction that when we look closely at any aspect of our world, “the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.” Phase transitions are among the most beautiful and seemingly miraculous phenomena of the physical universe — emissaries of nature’s magnificence and might that bear, in their stormy and almost alchemical transformation of substance, a certain metaphorical allure that borders on the existential. If matter can transform so radically from one state of … Continue reading Japanese Artist Ryota Kajita’s Otherworldly Photographs of Ice Formation in Alaska